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A roundup of tools and resources!

We’ve recently updated our listing of  some tools and resources  from partners and other nonprofit allies that we think you may find useful.  Browse the full list on our website: or simply click on one of the categories below.

Board Development & Governance
Capacity Building & Strategic Planning
Collaborations & Coalition Building
Community Building & Community Development
Community Organizing
Domestic Violence
Evaluation & Working with Consultants
Facilitation, Forums & Surveys
Fundraising, Grant writing & Budgeting
Gender, Gender Identity, LGBTQ
Immigration & Refugee Issues
Leadership Development & Intergenerational Issues
Media & Communications
Organizational Assessment & Development
Policy Advocacy
Racial Equity & Asset-Based Approaches
Responsive Philanthropy
Social Justice & Movement Building


Technology (for nonprofits)
Theory of Social Change

+ General sites with more resources

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Sample Exercises + Team Activities from NGEC’s Social Justice Capacity Building Program

NGEC OFP’s Sample Exercises and Team Activities

The exercises and activities we list below were initially developed for use in NGEC’s Organizational Fellowship Program with our 12 Asian American partner organizations in Minnesota and California.

Although they represent just a sampling of what we do in our intensive 3-year capacity building program, NGEC shares these resources in the spirit of making them available to wider audiences.

We hope folks find them useful and applicable to other areas of work.  NGEC welcomes and appreciate your feedback as we continue to refine and update these tools as they are tested and adapted by the community.

“Exploring Our Values” Exercise

“Fictional VRC Role Play” Exercise

“Organization Alignment” Exercise

“Organizational Transformation Role Play” Exercise

“Zooming In and Zooming Out” Exercise

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The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps

In June, AAPIP will be participating in a program at the  Smithsonian Institution/Renwick Gallery, Art of Gaman Installation about the shared experiences of Asian American and Arab Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities in the post-9/11 era, through the expression of culture and art.

Artist Unidentified, Interned at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Camp Scene, Wood, paint, Collection of the Japanese American Museum of San José, From "Art of Gaman" by Delphine Hirasuna, ©2005, Ten Speed. Terry Heffernan photo.

Visit the exhibit website for more information, including an online slideshow of images from the galleries.

For our friends and allies in the DC area can visit the installation at:

Special exhibition galleries, 1st floor, Renwick Gallery
Open from March 5, 2010 – January 30, 2011

And  here’s a listing for free public programs!


The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946

Free Public Programs
Friday, March 5, at noon, lecture by Delphine Hirasuna
Wednesday, March 10, at noon, gallery talk with Kennedy
Wednesday, March 31, at noon, lecture by Karen Matsuoka
Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m., artist talk with Mira Nakashima and Wendy Maruyama
Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Family Day

Read recent posts on the Museum’s blog Eye Level
Gaman: FDR and the Japanese American Internment Camps


A few other resources:

(Updated 4/5/10 by GM)

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Upcoming Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) Training, March 2010

Sharing this online event that AAPIP NGEC friends and allies might want to check out in March!  Visit their website for complete information:

The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) is a multiracial organization that promotes the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building. GIFT believes that how groups are funded is as important to achieving their goals as how the money is spent, and that building community support is central to long-term social change. GIFT provides training, resources and analysis to strengthen organizations, with an emphasis on those focused on social justice and based in communities of color.

Upcoming Webinar:
Create a Culture of Fundraising at Your Organization
March 16, 2010
(10am Pacific/11am Mountain/12pm Central/1pm Eastern)

Tired of working in isolation, feeling like you’re the sole person responsible for raising your organization’s budget? Heard about creating a culture of fundraising, but unsure of what it actually means in practice? Then this is the webinar for you!

Join fundraising consultant Rona Fernandez as she takes you through concrete steps to build a culture of fundraising within your organization. Learn about how to create buy-in, demystify the process of fundraising for non-development staff, and bring the FUN back to fundraising! Fundraising doesn’t have to be something your force onto your coworkers, but instead CAN be a regular part of how your organization functions.

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CONNECT! Regional Guide to Nonprofits Serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in DC

AAPIP’s  “Cherry Blossom Giving Circle” in Washington DC have a new resource guide!

more info & download  available on their website >


CONNECT! – Regional Guide to Nonprofits Serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

AAPIP’s Metropolitan Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter, in conjunction with the Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, published the first guide for funders on nonprofits serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our region.

For more information on API-serving 501(c)3’s in the area, or to download the catalogue, click on the image to the right or email

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MN Council on Foundations – Diversity Fellowship – apply by Dec 15th!


Posted November 13

The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), a regional association of grantmakers who annually award more than $850 million to nonprofits, works actively to strengthen and expand philanthropy. MCF members include family and private independent foundations, community and other public foundations, and corporate foundations and giving programs. With a $1.2 million annual budget, MCF is committed to serving its members and providing leadership in the field of philanthropy.

Fellowship Position:
The MCF Diversity Fellowship is a paid, part-time (20 hours per week), nine-month appointment. The position is designed for an individual eager to engage in a mutually-beneficial learning opportunity that advances diversity knowledge, resources and strategies for the philanthropic community.

Through this appointment, the Diversity Fellow will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the philanthropic sector and engage in professional development and networking activities.
  • Work directly with association and foundation staff, as well as with individuals engaged in diversity/inclusivity work at regional and national grantmaker infrastructure organizations.
  • Expand and strengthen professional skills such as program management, meeting facilitation, and research.
  • Produce tangible final products that will advance the work of members, MCF and the field of philanthropy.

The Diversity Fellow will report to and work in partnership with the Vice President of Communications and Information Services to increase MCF’s capacity to provide greater diversity/inclusivity leadership for our members and for the philanthropic community.

To Apply:
Send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to with “Diversity Fellow” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

More at:

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My First Protest: Asian Americans and Activism, Part 1

Your Voices

One of our NGEC OFP leaders, Katie Ka Vang of CHAT, was featured by Bao Phi,  performance poet and community organizer/ activist.  He was asked to start a blog  called “The Blaog” for the the Strib – a large MN mainstream paper.

In addition to other recent events he’s covered, there’s a new feature called Asian Americans: My First Protest, where he features Asian Americans and their first protest experience. 

Share your own story, and check out the The Blaog!


My First Protest- Featured: Sahra Nguyen, Michelle Myers, and Katie Ka Vang

More about Bao Phi: Performance poet, community activist

“Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. Read more about Bao Phi.”

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